Ecological Economics

Ecological Economics

A Workbook for Problem-Based Learning

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Joshua Farley, Jon Erickson, and Herman E. Daly

120 pages pages | 7 X 10

Ecological economics addresses one of the fundamental flaws in conventional economics--its failure to consider biophysical and social reality in its analyses and equations. Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications is an introductory-level textbook that offers a pedagogically complete examination of this dynamic new field.

As a workbook accompanying the text, this volume breaks new ground in applying the principles of ecological economics in a problem- or service-based learning setting. Both the textbook and this workbook are situated within a new interdisciplinary framework that embraces the linkages among economic growth, environmental degradation, and social inequity in an effort to guide policy in a way that respects fundamental human values. The workbook takes the approach a step further in placing ecological economic analysis within a systems perspective, in order to help students identify leverage points by which they can help to affect change. The workbook helps students to develop a practical, operational understanding of the principles and concepts explored in the text through real-world activities, and describes numerous case studies in which students have successfully completed projects.

Ecological Economics: A Workbook for Problem-Based Learning represents an important new resource for undergraduate and graduate environmental studies courses focusing on economics, environmental policy, and environmental problem-solving.

Introduction: What Does and Ecological Economist Do?


PART I. The Problem Base

Chapter 1. Choosing a Problem

Chapter 2. Defining the Problem

Chapter 3. Structuring the Problem


PART II. Analysis

Chapter 4. Breaking Down the Problem

Chapter 5. Evaluating the Objectives


PART III. Synthesis

Chapter 6. Bringing It All Together

Chapter 7. Synthesis Framework


PART IV. Communication and Next Steps

Chapter 8. Communication

Chapter 9. Changing the World


About the Authors

List of Contributors


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